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  • Michael 'Mike' Lawrence Machesky

    Jun 13, 2024

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael "Mike" Lawrence Machesky of Champaign, Illinois, was born on Feb. 25, 1952, in Bessemer, Michigan, and passed on May 21, 2024, in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 72. Michael was a curious and gentle soul who had the rare ability to use humor to share his insights with others. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Born to Shirley and Lawrence Machesky, he spent much of his childhood across the globe, including places as far away as Indonesia. Despite...

  • Antoinette Wallenius

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antoinette Wallenius, age 95. She passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. Toni was born on Sept. 13, 1928, in Ironwood, the daughter of Samuel and Therese (Collontonio) Federico. She attended St. Ambrose Catholic School's grade school and then graduated in 1971 from the Ironwood Community Schools. On Jan. 12, 1946, she was married to Eugene Wallenius at the St. Ambrose Church rectory by the late Msgr. J.B. Moriarity. Toni...

  • Dennis E. Munn

    Jun 13, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Dennis E. Munn, 69, passed peacefully at his home in Hurley on June 7, 2024. He was a loving husband to his surviving wife, Lori (Wallace) Munn, for 15 years and was loved by his stepdaughter, Alexandra (Roggenbeck) Siriila. He was a loving father of his three children with Kathie (Tenlen) Munn, Courtney (Joe) Maslanka, Christy (Dean) Carbaugh and Jordan Munn. He cherished his four granddaughters, Alexis Munn, Gracie Maslanka, Kendra Carbayah and Payton Maslanka. He was close...

  • Clyde Martin Taivalmaa

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Clyde Martin Taivalmaa, 77, of Erwin Township, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at home, surrounded by family. Clyde was born July 4, 1946, the son of Martin and Helmi (Salo) Taivalmaa. After graduating from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, he enlisted in the National Guard for six years, attaining the rank of sergeant. He then worked at United Parcel Service for 32 years. On July 20, 1968, Clyde was united in marriage to his loving and devoted wife, the former...

  • Thomas P. Sertich

    Jun 13, 2024

    CORTLAND, Ohio - Thomas P. Sertich, 84, passed away in his home in Cortland, Ohio, on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Tom was born on July 13, 1939, at the Newport Hospital to the late John and Sylvia Sertich; the second of five boys. Tom attended Newport Grade School and graduated from St. Ambrose Catholic High School in 1957. Tom attended Jordan Catholic Seminary in Menominee, Michigan; served in the United States Air Force; attended Gogebic Community College, Northern Michigan University in...

  • Michael W. Antoine

    Jun 13, 2024

    WHITE PINE, Mich. – Michael W. Antoine, 65, of White Pine, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 7, 2024. Michael was born on Oct. 5, 1958, in Wakefield, a son of Elaine (Powell) and Roland Antoine Sr. He grew up in Ramsay. In 1972, his family moved to White Pine, and he attended White Pine High School and graduated in 1977. Mike continued his education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Mike was an Elder t...

  • Mary Kay Kivi

    Jun 13, 2024

    IRONWOOD — Mary Kay Kivi, 66, of Ironwood, Michigan, was called to her heavenly home on May 31, 2024, at her Ayer Street home. Mary Kay was born on Jan. 18, 1958, to George and Phyllis Kivi. She lived a life full of challenges. The family is very grateful for the many years of guardianship provided by her cousin, Connie Lekander, and also a big thank you to Beth Turonie for being an amazing caregiver at the group home. They always assured the family that Mary Kay was safe and well cared for. Mary Kay is survived by her sister, Ginger Kivisto (...

  • Carl Mockross

    Jun 13, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Carl Mockross, 90, of Pine Lake, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley. Carl was born on Nov. 30, 1933, in Ladysmith, the son of Harry and Florence (Tormey) Mockross. After graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Carl and his high school sweetheart, Joan Erickson, were married on Dec. 29, 1955. His career in construction included being owner of Peninsula Roofing and Erickson Company Manufacturing,...

  • Juanita Mae Seid

    Jun 6, 2024

    ONTONAGON, Mich. — Juanita Mae Seid passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2024, after a long illness. Juanita was born on Dec. 28, 1935, in Ontonagon, Michigan, to John and Mildred (Roehm) Brown. She attended Ontonagon Township Schools and graduated in 1953. She lived a full and loving life for 88 years. At the age of 20, on April 21, 1956, she married Theodore Seid, the love of her life. They made their home in Rockland and were together for 65 years until Ted’s passing in 2021. With quiet pride, Juanita often remarked, “same spous...

  • Doris 'Dora' Piazza Maccani

    Jun 6, 2024

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Doris "Dora" Piazza Maccani, our beloved mother, Nonna and Bisnonna passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 27, 2024, at Carondelet Village in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Born on Jan. 17, 1923, to Italian immigrants Lorenzo and Maria (Delfavero) Piazza, Dora arrived on a cold winter day along with her twin sister, Flora. Weighing a little over three pounds at birth, Dora was frail at life's beginning. Her precious life blossomed and she lived life fully for 101 y...

  • Jon Axel Bergquist

    Jun 6, 2024

    GILE, Wis. – Jon Axel Bergquist, 85, of Gile, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Iron River Care Center in Iron River, Michigan. Jon, a son of George and Gertrude (Trier) Bergquist, was born April 21, 1939, in Ironwood. On Sept. 7, 1964, he was united in marriage to Roberta (Bobbie) Peterson at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. She preceded him in death Sept. 5, 2022. Jon is survived by his sons, Scott and Cory; his grandchildren, Breanna and Brenden; his brothers, Nik (Judy) and G...

  • Margaret 'Peggy' Brunner

    Jun 6, 2024

    DATELINE, State - Margaret "Peggy" Brunner, 96, of Mercer, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at her home. Peggy was born on June 15, 1927, to Frank Jr. and Hazel (Girsch) Brunner in Ironwood, Michigan. Peggy was a pillar of the Mercer community, she loved to give her time to better the area. Peggy won the Volunteer of the Year award from the Mercer Chamber. She coached baseball, was on the park commission, the Mercer School Advisory Board, the advisory board for Chairman John Raabe, was the...

  • Joanne Marie Tomczak

    Jun 6, 2024

    MAUSTON, Wis. - Joanne Marie Tomczak, age 69, a resident of Mauston, Wisconsin, died at her home on May 13, 2024. Joanne was born in Wakefield, Michigan, and grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. She graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1973. She worked as a physical therapist aide at Grandview Hospital for many years. She also was a nurse's aide at several facilities and in the home as well as a housekeeper and seamstress. Joanne enjoyed things such as coloring, looking at photos, and visiting...

  • Peter 'Hawk' Aimone

    Jun 6, 2024

    DULUTH, Minn. - Peter "Hawk" Aimone, 72, of Hurley, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Essentia Hospital in Duluth, after a brief battle with CLL cancer. Peter was born Dec. 18, 1951, to Peter and Helmi (Koivisto) Aimone in Ironwood. He graduated from the Hurley High School in the class of 1970. He had a love of sports and was inducted into the Hurley Athletic Hall of Fame. Peter worked in wood products, retiring in 2016. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood....

  • Nancy Jean (Hasenberg) David

    Jun 6, 2024

    Petoskey, Mich. - Nancy Jean (Hasenberg) David, 74 of Charlevoix, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. She was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Ewen, the daughter of John and Florence (Anderson) Hasenberg. Nancy grew up in the Upper Peninsula and she graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School in 1968. Nancy enjoyed the great outdoors, playing bingo and riding motorcycles. She was an excellent cook and good baker too! Surviving is her son, Conrad Thomas;...

  • Theodore 'Theo' Joseph Fabbri

    Jun 6, 2024

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Theodore "Theo" Joseph Fabbri was born on May 28, 2024, at 10:05 p.m., at Tamarack Health in Ashland. Shortly after a healthy and successful birth, Theodore began to have complications breathing and was transported to the NICU in Duluth, Minnesota. After battling for his life over the following days and nights, Theodore passed away peacefully in his parents arms and was called back home to God on May 31, at 12:47 p.m. Theodore leaves behind his loving parents, Dominic and...

  • Evelyn 'Flossie' Pauline Sturgeon

    May 30, 2024

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Evelyn "Flossie" Pauline Sturgeon, 77, of Winchester, Wisconsin, passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. She was born on May 12, 1947, in Nashville and adopted by Eugene and Chris Minnis. Flossie was united in marriage with Lawrence "Larry" Sturgeon on Nov. 24, 1966. She was a cashier at LaPorte's IGA in Manitowish Waters for many years and she loved talking with everyone. Once Flossie retired and didn't physically see everyone anymore, she loved to spend her time on...

  • Cheryl Ann (Muntifering) Gransee

    May 30, 2024

    ST. MICHAEL, Minn. - Cheryl Ann (Muntifering) Gransee, of St. Michael, Minnesota, passed away May 20, 2024 at the age of 71. She was born on March 25, 1953, in St. Cloud as the second of 10 children to Frederick and Donna Mae (Cremers) Muntifering. Cheryl grew up working in her family's bakery and farm, and graduated from Buffalo High School, in Buffalo, with the class of 1971. After graduating, she obtained a degree in court reporting and quickly found work in Michigan as a stenographer before...

  • Pete Anderson

    May 30, 2024

    APPLETON, Wis. - Pete Anderson, 64, of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024 after surviving nearly 10 years following a stroke. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 26, 1959, and was adopted months later by Arthur "Art" and Lillian (Helmes) Anderson. Pete was a carpenter and caregiver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gathering with family and friends, and sharing his many interesting adventures. Anyone who knew him would say if they needed help he would be there. His selfless...

  • Bruce S. Wraalstad

    May 30, 2024

    MERCER, Wis. - Bruce S. Wraalstad, 68, of Mercer, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Bruce was born to Selvin and Patricia (Wilson) Wraalstad on Oct. 25, 1955, in Mercer. He was united in marriage on Sept. 17, 1983, with Sally Eggleson. Bruce was a Vietnam veteran serving in the Navy. He worked in aircraft on the ships and was accommodated for his skills in that field. Bruce and Sally met in Fort Atkinson and began their lifelong partnership. He went back t...

  • June E. Buerger

    May 30, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - June E. Buerger, 90, of Ironwood, Michigan, went to her Heavenly home on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at the Gogebic Community Mental Health Home in Ironwood. June was born on Oct. 1, 1933, to George and Ann (Arasim) Buerger in Ironwood. June was always happy and could put a smile on anyone's face. She had an amazing recall for birthdays and anniversaries. June loved living at the care facility and enjoyed the attention and numerous activities provided by the staff. Visitation for Jun...

  • John Richard Kahila

    May 30, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - John Richard Kahila, 77, of Wakefield, Michigan, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood. John was born on April 3, 1947, in Bessemer Township, the son of Kauno and Evelyn June (Grenfell) Kahila. He attended A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated in 1965. John completed a 32-week manpower development and training course at Michigan Technological University in Houghton and earned a certificate as a head sawyer. John enlisted...

  • Tomas Santos

    May 30, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Tomas Santos, age 96, of Ironwood, Michigan, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield. Visitation for Tomas will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Father Brian Gerber officiating at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood with military honors conducted. The...

  • Anthony 'Tony' James Gutowski

    May 23, 2024

    HARTLAND, Wis. - Anthony "Tony" James Gutowski, 86, passed away after a brief hospitalization for a brain injury sustained during a fall at his home in Hartland, on Monday, May 13, 2024. He is survived directly by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline (Jackee) Rae (nee Liimakka); their daughters, Lee and Lynn (David Randolph); their sons, Tony (Christine), Tom (Amy) and Tim (Jamie Rosman); and their seven grandchildren, Zoe Randolph, Benjamin Gutowski, Lucy Randolph, Jacek Gutowski, Ella Gutowski,...

  • Jeffrey P. Hendrickson

    May 23, 2024

    CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Jeffrey P. Hendrickson, 75, of Chocolay Township, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 13, 2024, working in his garden, doing what he loved. Jeff was born in Mt. Clemens, to Phillip A. and Ruth (Helmes) Hendrickson, the eldest of seven children. He grew up in Ironwood, attending the McKinley and Roosevelt Grade Schools and graduated in 1966 from Luther L. Wright High School. He attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood for two years, majoring in bus...

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